Melissa Van Dyke
International Expert Advisor for Implementation
University of Strathclyde
Years in implementation:
6 or more years
Board Member 2017-2019
Primary types of work:
Primary areas of work:
Service Design and Development
Implementation Support and Technical Assistance
Social Care - Child
Child Development/Early Years Education/Schools
Local Government policy
I am International Expert Advisor on Implementation at Centre of Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS), University of Strathclyde. With key stakeholders, I support capacity building in improvement and implementation science for health, education, and social care. I support transfer of policy and legislation into real practice change across Scotland.
Main topics of interest:
Implementation-informed Service Design
Competencies for Implementation Support
I came to implementation after working in state government in the United States in the child welfare, children’s mental health, and juvenile justice systems. I have coordinated and led various organizational and statewide program implementation and system improvement initiatives. At the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), I provided implementation science expertise and led community, state, and federal initiatives to support effective practices in mental health, child welfare, education, criminal justice, and early childhood and provided leadership to build capacity of federal, state, and local partners for effective implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and policies.
Fixsen, D., Blase, K., Van Dyke, M. (2019). Implementation Practice and Science. Active Implementation Research Network. Chapel Hill, NC.